The Czech authorities have officially demanded compensation from Russia for damage in connection with the explosions in 2014 at military warehouses in Vrbetice.
This is reported by iDNES.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Martin Smolek, handed the Russian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Alexander Zmeevsky, a diplomatic note demanding full compensation for the damage caused by the explosion.
The Czech authorities estimated the damage at about 650 million kronor (approximately 25.5 million euros).
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has prepared a bill on the distribution of compensation for the explosions in Vrbetice. 350 million kronor will go to municipalities and the region and 300 million for individual citizens.
The amounts for municipalities are distributed depending on the distance from the risk perimeter, as well as in accordance with the budget definition of taxes.
Every resident, including children permanently residing in five municipalities, should be entitled to receive a certain amount, the amount of which also depends on certain conditions.
The largest amount of 300 kronor is offered for the period of uncontrolled explosions from mid-October to mid-December 2014, which was a dangerous situation with a direct threat.
Recall that the Czech Republic accused the Russian Federation of organizing an explosion that occurred on October 16, 2014, at an arms depot in the eastern part of the Czech Republic and led to numerous destructions and the death of two local residents. Only in 6.5 years, the leadership of the Czech government has officially accused Russia of organizing this sabotage.
In this regard, Prague expelled 18 Russian diplomats, and Russia in response declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy in Moscow persona non grata. After that, the Czech Republic announced that it was expelling about 70 more employees of the Russian embassy. Several EU countries have joined the expulsion of Russian diplomats in solidarity with the Czech Republic.